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Monday, August 16, 2010

Rahbi's Strange Fruit V was a riot

How many magic wands does it take to set this bitch off?
  • How many magic wands does it take to set this bitch off?

A short catwalk, gauzy streamers and a disco ball set the mood for Strange Fruit V: Studio 54 is Alive at the tiny Apache Café. The full lineup included Andre Mizrahi, Jay Scott, theDolldaze, Madam CJ, Shanell, and Muffy, headlined by Rahbi, of course. First, Andre Mizrahi, then Jay Scott, set off the evening with house music vibes. The Dolldaze rocked by jamming her set both a cappella and with serious guitar riffs.

“Sweet” Muffy appeared only briefly with Young Money’s Shanell (protégé of Lil Wayne and sis to D. Woods) to perform “Lipstick Diva.” If Shanell got some love, then Madam CJ turned it out. The diminutive dynamo left mouths agape as she strutted down the runway in a gold chain-link thong bikini that left nothing to the imagination, while singing a cover of Grace Jones’ “Pull Up to the Bumper."

After a dance from members of Jungle Boogie, featured on America’s Next Dance Crew, Rahbi emerged from under a cloud of smoke.

He was dressed entirely in gold and white: sequined top, gold lamé pants under a studded jock strap, angel wings and a feathered wig. I graciously accepted a glitter shower from one of his dancers as he sang, “I love you, I need you, can’t live my life without you,” followed by an upbeat cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.”

He paused to say, “I support all independent artists. I don’t care if you’re black, white, gay or straight.” All that and more were sprinkled throughout the crowd.

It is highly unlikely that anyone could ever replicate the historic splendor of Studio 54, but Strange Fruit V felt like a whole new space and time.

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